Hi. I know that a breastfeeding site is a weird place to ask a question about formula, but I don't know where else to ask. I don't think there are forums devoted to formula feeders.
I am exclusively express feeding my eight week old son (due to weak suck issues). I will be returning to work this Friday. Because I work out of town, I will be away from home Friday night through Monday evening each week. I had built up a supply of breast milk, but last week my deep freezer somehow got unplugged. I lost my entire supply. I have frozen some milk since then, but this occurrence sent me into a panic. I do not want my baby to have nothing to eat when I am away from home - for whatever reason (not enough frozen breastmilk, power outage...).
So, I want to get my baby used to formula. Sothat he will have food in an emergency...and I can also cut his breastmilk with a little formula in order to rebuild my supply of frozen breastmilk.
The problem is that my son is not responding well to formula. I first tried Gerber Good Start - 1 oz formula mixed with 4 oz breastmilk - and it made him cry. I assumed that it made his stomach hurt. He would drink some milk and then start crying. Starting today I then tried Gentlease...same thing, drinking some of the breastmilk/formula and then starting to cry. I then tried Similac Alimentum. It is supposed to be hypoallergenic...so shouldn't that mean that there is no way it should make him cry? I mixed 1/2 ounce alimentum with 2 1/2 ounces of breastmilk. He drinks for awhile and then cries, drinks a little more and cries. I am starting to think that this is not caused by stomach pain because of this --> When I feed my son I sit him up against my legs. When he starts crying while drinking the breastmilk/formula mix I pick him up and cradle him in my arms. He stops crying immediately. If his stomach were hurting, wouldn't he continue to cry and be harder to calm down? Maybe he wouldn't stop crying until the pain went away?
Is it possible that when I first start feeding him he is drinking really fast and not noticing the taste of the formula in the breastmilk...then when his stomach is a little full he notices it, doesn't like it, and cries?
This is making me sick with worry. It will kill me to be hours from home worrying if my son will have enough to eat. I need to get him used to formula. I don't see how it would be possible for him to not be able to tolerate hypoallergenic formula. Am I doing something wrong with how I am introducing formula?
I know a lot of you are anti-formula, so I really appreciate any advice that you can give. Also, please don't be mean to me about using formula. I am doing my best and taking supplements to increase my milk production. I tried pumping every two hours to maximize my milk production, but since it takes me an hour to pump (one breast at a time so I can continue taking care of baby), half an hour to bottlefeed and then change the baby....that's basically two hours and time to pump again. It turned me into a nervous wreck.